Grade 0 News

The Grade 0 girls are in full swing practicing their songs and lines for their concert coming up in November.  They are getting very excited to take to the stage.  The girls also participated in their first Heritage Day and Flower Day celebrations, both of which they thoroughly enjoyed.

We have been learning about eggs and birds this term.  We currently have chicken eggs in an incubator ready to hatch any day now.
Miss Carrie Strauss

Heritage Day Celebrations

Grade 6
Heritage Day is an annual celebration that occurs every year on 24 September.  APPS celebrated Heritage Day with Salvazione School on Friday 22 September to celebrate all of our heritages and everyone wore their traditional clothes.

We started the day on the hockey field, playing ‘Ninja Warrior’ in small groups.  We met and socialised with the Salvazione children and then the performances began.

Lots of people at APPS made new friends and we are very happy that our school has this wonderful celebration.  The Salvazione children were split into two groups to perform a Zulu dance and a Sotho dance and the final act was their gumboot dance.

Each grade did their own item.  The Grade 6 girls did an Afrikaans song and poem and a Zulu song and poem, we also played Djembe drums.  It was very interesting to see all the other performances, and to learn about the other cultures.  We all enjoyed this day and had so much fun!
Shayna Doolabh, Kate Ramsbotham, Rachel Watermeyer and Anna Titterton

Grade 7
We were all filled with excitement to dress up in beautiful clothes from our culture.  Each girl wore a different, unique outfit showing their heritage.  As soon as the Salvazione children came, more fun and games were shared.  Then we all sat down on the steps by the big field.  Laughs and smiles appeared on everyone’s faces while others did dances from their heritage.  We ended the day by eating delicious rolls and wors.  Everyone enjoyed Heritage Day and we all can’t wait for the next one.
Mira Markovitz, Khumo Finger, Jolien Koen, Tatenda Masuko and Ayanda Malala


School Birthday and Flower Day

Beautiful flowers were everywhere and the smell of flowers was in the air.  The whole school did flower arrangements from the Grade 0 girls arranging their gorgeous flowers which were from their own gardens in tin cans to the Grade 7 girls’ theme of ‘Dinner for Two.’  We are sure that the school loves celebrating its birthday.  There are many traditions like flower arranging at this school that has happened for many years.  We all gather for a big assembly at the end of the day where the oldest and youngest girl light and blow out the candles of the big cake prepared by the moms which the whole school gets to share together. The three Head Girls and the Deputy Head Girl of the third term share the history of how APPS became what it is today with the rest of the school.  This day is not only enjoyed by pupils and staff, but past girls, parents and friends of our amazing school.  I’m sure everyone enjoyed this wonderful day and can’t wait for next year.
Alison King and Ruby Jenkins


So far, we have played four fixture matches this term.  The A and B teams are playing doubles as they did in the first term, and each week there is also a singles and a doubles round.  Most girls still prefer playing doubles and we have had various successes.  We are happy to report that the girls are enjoying their tennis and have shown huge improvement in their overall game.

Unfortunately our tennis festivals on the weekend of 7 October were rained out.

We are excited to have entered a C and D team this term.  Together with St Katharine’s, we have fielded a team to play against other C and D teams.  This is the start of building up our junior tennis section.  And judging by the number of girls we have, we are almost certain that we can enter a full C and D team next term.  We encourage more girls to come and play.

We have one more match to play and we are also busy playing the school championships.

This is the last season the Grade 7 girls will play for APPS and we wish them a happy high school tennis career.
Miss Dot Hartmann

The three APPS teams have had only one gala and are looking forward to the next couple.  The swimmers are getting fitter in the cool waters.  Keep up the good effort!
Miss Mo Pearson

Sports Day
The new programme for Sports Day raced off at 08:00 on Saturday 16 September 2017.  The ‘professional’ Grade 7 dancers from St Andrew, St George and St Patrick started the day rolling.  The dances were very entertaining and a pleasure to watch.

The new long distance races were interesting and the introduction of the circular relays were very exciting.  All learners participated in four events each.

The races were completed speedily and after the final race, the moment that everyone had worked so hard for, arrived – the scores.  St Patrick WON!  The Sports Trophy went to St Patrick and the Spirit trophy went to St Andrew.  Everyone tried their utmost best and had tremendous fun at the same time.  Thank you to all the girls and teachers for their effort and hard work.
Miss Mo Pearson


Grade 7 Leadership – Term 3 2017

Congratulations to the following Grade 7 leaders for Term 3.  They are as follows:
Term 3 Head Girl
Ruby Jenkins

Term 3 Deputy Head Girl
Alison King

Outing to the Andy Warhol Exhibition

Grade 3S
The Grade 3 girls went to the Andy Warhol exhibition.  They were split into three groups.  Each group had a guide, my guide was Gill.  Andy Warhol was a pop artist and pop stands for popular art.  He drew a lot of famous people like Marilyn Monroe, Santa and Muhammad Ali.  He drew Campbell soup because his mother could (not) afford it.  Andy Warhol got shot by an actress.  My favourite was the Siberian tiger and Zebra.
Layla Alli

On Thursday we went to the Andy Warhol exhibition.  Andy Warhol was a famous artist.  He started when he was young.  He was sick with a serious sickness.  He started drawing in bed.  He drew Campbell’s soup, because his mother would bring him Campbell’s soup.  What was sad was that it wasn’t Campbell’s soup, it was tomato sauce in water.  Andy liked paper dolls, he liked the glamour.  So he drew famous people like Marilyn Monroe and Mohamed Ali.  As he grew up he became famous.  We had to draw our favourite drawing, and Kamo and I drew Marilyn Monroe.
Lathitha Madikizela

Andy Warhol was a pop artist and he amazed everyone with his different colours but repeated pictures.  I like how he used colours of peoples emotions not their actual skin colour.  He showed how other people feel on the inside.  I like Marilyn Monroe because her emotions got my attention, it had colours I had not seen before.
Bokamoso Swazi

Grade 3V
Andy Warhol was a great artist.  He painted soup cans, volcanoes, sunsets, endangered animals.  He painted things that mattered in his life, well, not all his paintings.

Andy always wore a wig and make-up and had plastic surgery done on his nose.  He was also shot by an actor.

He created Pop Art and he matched colours that did not go.  He painted real-life things and cartoons.
Emma Buchner

He had to have plastic surgery.  He needed to wear makeup and he had to wear a wig!  He really never went to school.  He was sick most of his life.  He got shot!

I thought the pictures were very colourful.  He didn’t always draw the things most people would draw.   Sometimes he used glass or diamond dust!  It was fun.  I liked it a lot.  At the end we got to draw something.
Kate Thorburn

Yesterday the Grade 3 and 4 girls went to Andy Warhol’s art exhibition.  When we arrived, we received a blank piece of paper and a pencil and a book about Andy Warhol.

Our guide’s name was Elizabeth.  She was sweet and kind.  We saw pictures of soup cans.  He loved to paint pictures of cartoon characters (like Mickey Mouse).  Andy Warhol was shot by an actress.

I personally enjoyed the endangered species paintings.  The Panda bear was amazing.  I loved the sunset and volcano paintings.  I loved the Andy Warhol exhibition.  I want to go again.
Christina van Zyl

Andy Warhol was a boy that got a sickness.  He had to stay in bed a lot.  He started to draw in bed.  He started pop art.

Pop art was new to everyone.  Pop art was a type of art that people did not know about.

Andy drew flowers, animals and people, cartoons, soup cans and volcanoes.  It was very interesting.  He mixed the colours and went out of the lines.  It looked cool.
Rachel Hamilton

Grade 5M
We went to the Andy Warhol exhibition and saw amazing art that he had created throughout his life.  Andy Warhol had lots of challenges, but always thought on the bright side of the situation.  One of my favourite pieces was the Mohammed Ali painting.  Warhol used green on his ear because when boxers get hit on their ears, it tingles.  Since Ali was such a great boxer, he hardly got hit on his ear, so when Warhol painted it he thought he would give it a boost.  It was an amazing time, and I was so sad to leave.
Romy Day

‘Line up in alphabetical order!’  The command rings through the bus.

We are inside the Wits Art Gallery and are wondering around, admiring the works of art Andy Warhol had made.  I really enjoyed learning about his life.  My favourite bit of the outing was when we looked at the collection called “Myths”.  My favourite piece of the collection was ‘The Wicked Witch of the West’.  After all, the fun experience helped me broaden my idea of art.
Lola Moultrie

The Grade 4, 5, 6 and 7 girls went to the Wits Art Gallery to see the Andy Warhol exhibition.  We learnt a lot about Andy, through our great facilitator, Landi.  She told us that Andy was very sick as a child, which caused severe hair loss.  This caused him to wear unusual silver wigs.  He became famous for creating pop art.  I really enjoyed the outing and I hope to go to the Gallery again next year.
Rati Furamera

Grade 5K
All these different colours just pop.  I loved the Andy Warhol exhibition.  I especially loved the fruit, all the different uses of colour and he even made the shadows different colours.  My favourite part was when we got to go draw or write about the picture that we liked best.  I hope my parents will let me go again so I can take my time to really look at the pictures.  I am sure everyone enjoyed themselves.
Keira Berell

I loved the Andy Warhol exhibition.  His works of art are exquisite.  He does very abstract and unique artworks using silk screens.  His first piece of art was an advertisement for Campbell’s Soup.  My favourite painting of his was of a blue sun setting with a pink background and an abstract painting of Einstein.   Attending this exhibition was an amazing experience and it took my breath away.
Francesca Genovese

Grade 1 Assembly Play

Grade 1M
I was very nervous and I was excited.  When I saw everyone I had butterflies in my tummy!  I also spoke.  I had such a wonderful time and I sang a song.  One of the songs was called Believe in Yourself.  I will always remember this day.  This day was the best day of my life.  My teacher is the best teacher in the world!
Hannah Sayed

I was excited when the day came.  The best thing was that everybody remembered their line!  I had lots and lots of fun.  I was nervous when I spoke.  The whole school watched me.  I loved singing the songs.
Sarah Von Gottberg-Cohen

Grade 1K
We’re Starting a New School Year
I had butterflies all over my tummy but when the play was finished the butterflies were gone.  I got to see my mom and dad.  Everything was just fine until our spelling test…
Rebecca Wyborn

My First Assembly in Grade 1
I woke up that morning with butterflies in my tummy.  I was so nervous when my mom took me to school.  I was so happy that I was wearing civvies.  I was so happy that my parents and my granny were watching me.  My line was, ‘I had so many questions.’
Anna Chorley


Class Music Concert
My dad went for a business trip to Spain, and brought my sisters and I instruments.  He brought my one sister a harmonica, the other a recorder, and for me, an accordion.  We were so excited with our instruments!  I remembered ‘Hot Cross Buns’ from playing it on recorder in Music Class when I was in Grade 1.

I like to figure out how to play certain songs, and I listen to songs and then try to play them.  My sister TsiTsi is in Grade 1, and she learnt how to play ‘Hot Cross Buns’ on the recorder.  Miss Gericke asked us to perform this together at the Class Music Concert.  We were both very nervous, but then TsiTsi said ‘once you learn it off by heart, and you get the technique right, it will be fun and easy.’

The performance was over too soon, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  We are hoping to add our sister on the harmonica and start a band!
Ratidzo Furamera – Grade 5M

Junior Music Concert
I felt quite nervous when I saw my name on the board and it was time to play.

The song I chose to play was “Arioso”, and I loved it because it’s in a singing style and I love playing the piano.

This was my third concert and I got a bit carried away with the music and made a tiny mistake but played on and no one noticed, except maybe Mrs Wessels!

Afterwards I took a bow and everyone clapped – my mom and dad clapped the loudest.
Georgia van der Walt – Grade 2S

Intermediate Music Concert
On the stage, hands trembling, heart beating fast, drumsticks in hand, ready to play, I hit the base drum.  Here we go!

On 7 July it was the Intermediate Music Concert and I was playing the drums for the first time.  It was so much fun!  I played ‘Death of a Bachelor’ and nailed it!  Herman Roslee is my drum teacher and he helped me prepare the song.

I played on the hi-hat, the snare, tom1, tom2, tom3, and the crash.  The drum starts softly in the beginning and then gets louder and louder.  My favourite part of playing in the concert was that I got to play in front of an audience!  I loved every minute!
Tayla Giles – Grade 4G

Senior Music Concert
The Senior Music Concert was not only an amazing experience, but it was an opportunity to see and enjoy everyone’s beautiful musical talents.  The morning was filled with excitement and nerves from all the musicians who were getting ready to perform.

Our Music Department has grown from strength to strength and they are doing great things and I cannot wait to see what they have planned next.
Tatiana Williams – Music Captain – Grade 7


Hockey League
The hockey season has drawn to a close and in brief, hockey was an immense success this year.  All teams, from Grade 3 to Grade 7, performed above expectation and there were some good results.   Our success can be attributed, not only to the girls’ utter determination, spirit and love for the game, but to all the coaches who indeed molded and improved the girls’ skills. Thank you for your hours of dedication.  Thank you to Mrs Howden, Mrs Dane, Miss Knight, Miss Bushell and Miss Hartmann for all their hard work they have put into hockey this term.

Another big thank you must go to the mums who helped with the teas for all our home matches.  The staff and girls really appreciate all the time everyone has put in to making the hockey afternoons at the UJ Astro run so smoothly.  Last but not least, the parents’ support and all their help with lifting – Thank you very much.

Pretoria Festival Hockey Tour
The Grade 6 and 7 teams had a very successful tour to Pretoria where they played in the annual St Mary’s tournament.  The teams stayed at the Farm Inn and all 28 players were a credit to themselves, their parents and their school.  They played exceptional hockey during the weekend, had a lot of fun and improved their hockey tremendously.  Thanks go to all the staff for their assistance with coaching and valuable input and well done to all our players and to the Grade 7 girls, you have been a fantastic team.  Keep the hockey going and  good luck in the future.

Inter-House Hockey
Results of the Inter-House Hockey are as follows:
First place – St Patrick
Second place – St Andrew
Third place – St George

Grade 2 and 3 Six-a-Side Hockey Festival
The Grade 2 and 3 hockey teams took place in a festival at Roedean on Saturday 29 July.  These teams have had so much growth and improvement in their skills and have had an exceptionally successful season.  The players enjoy the festival and are very enthusiastic for their hockey next year.  Many thanks to Mrs Dane, Ms Hartmann, Miss Knight and Mrs Howden who coached and gave up their Saturday for the teams.
Miss Mo Pearson

Inter House Hockey
Results of the Inter-House Hockey were as follows:
First place – St Patrick
Second place – St Andrew
Third place – St George
Miss Mo Pearson

Inter House Netball 2017
We have now completed our netball season with the Grade 3 to 7 Interhouse matches.

Results in the individual grades:

Grade 3
1st         St Patrick
2nd        St George
3rd         St Andrew

Grade 4
1st         St Andrew
2nd        St George
3rd         St Patrick

Grade 5
1st         St Andrew
2nd        St George
3rd         St Patrick

Grade 6
1st         St Patrick
2nd        St Andrew
3rd         St George

Grade 7
1st         St Andrew
2nd        St Patrick
3rd         St George

Overall 107 goals were scored!

Highest Amount of Goals Scored:
Grade 5 – 30
Grade 7 – 29
Grade 6 – 23

The house with the best, positive goal difference (goals scored minus goals conceded) was:
Grade 5 St Andrew girls – 19 scored, 3 conceded :    goal difference of         + 16
Grade 7 St Patrick girls – 14 scored, 4 conceded:     goal difference of         + 10
Grade 4 St Andrew girls – 11 scored, 2 conceded:    goal difference of         +  9

The overall results (2 points for a win, 1 for a draw):
1st   St Andrew         14 points
2nd  St Patrick          10 points
3rd   St George           6 points
Well played to all the girls and a big thank you to all the coaches!
Miss Dot Hartmann


The Chess Team has played five matches this term, winning two.  The girls played consistently and gave their opponents a good run for their money.  The team was ably led by Ruby Jenkins (Captain) and Kate Dixon (Vice Captain), both girls being true APPS ambassadors.

The weekly practice sessions are well attended with the girls honing their skills each week.  Mrs Pengelly continues to guide each member, developing new strategies and game plans.  Her valuable input is greatly appreciated.  Thank you to Mrs Dixon and Mrs Jenkins for organising the pizza suppers for home matches, as well as to all the parents who offered transport for the away matches.
Mrs Gill Seebregts

Check Mate!  Our chess games this term were filled with fun and whispers of success.  We played against many different schools, and had mixed fortunes.  In our hearts we have won every game we’ve played.  Even though we all play separate games, we win together as a team.  This is all because of the hours we have spent sitting and thinking together in our ‘brainbox’ (Miss Sebreegts’ classroom) where we work hard to climb the ladder of chess success.  After our short matches we unite outside and eat delicious food with the other schools (APPS provides the best food).  Time flies while we play chess and we have all worked exceptionally hard to accomplish our chess goals.  Our school will always have a special place for all our thirty two chess pieces.
Ruby Jenkins (Captain) and Kate Dixon (Vice Captain) – Grade 7